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Erasmus did not receive the last rites of the Catholic Church; and nowhere in the reports of his death does it suggest he asked for a priest. This reflects his view that outward signs were not important; what mattered was the believer’s direct relationship with God. (Jan Van Herwaarden, Between Saint James and Erasmus: Studies in Late Medieval Religious Life, Leiden, 2003, p. 529)

Eramus wrote the famous Textus Receptus strongly associated with both Luther’s Bible (for Germans) and the KJV.

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Erasmus of Rotterdam

was born Desiderius [dĕs ĭ dēr’ ē əs] Erasmus in 1466 (67?) at Rotterdam, Holland (died 1536 at Basel, Switzerland) the 2nd illegitimate son of a catholic priest and a doctor’s daughter (older brother named Peter). 

Erasmus produced the famous Textus Receptus.  Textus Receptus is a Latin term which can be translated “the received text.” 

The New Testament was published in 1516. 

The second edition was published in 1519 with Erasmus correcting many printing errors.  (Another source says 1522 for 2nd edition and says Erasmus corrected some 400 errors.) 

His third edition was published in 1522 and two more appeared; 1527 and 1535.

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Desiderius Erasmus was born this date 10/26/1466.  He was Dutch scholar and editor who was the first “best-selling” author.  Of course, he had the advantage of writing after the invention of the movable-type for the printing press.  He produced a Greek New Testament which had a degree of influence on Tyndale (England) and Zwingli (Switzerland). 

He might be called a pseudo reformer, seeing some of what Luther saw but (so unlike Luther) being unwilling to leave the Roman Catholic system, seeking rather to reform through scholarship. He also penned a satire, Praise of Folly which was more popular, in his life, than his Greek New Testament. You may also see his birthday as the 27th or 28th.)

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